Romeo and Juliet Compared to Pride and Prejudice Essay

2060 Words Oct 8th, 2012 9 Pages
Although Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ are two completely different texts, as one is a play- only able to use dialogue to portray feelings of love-and the other is a novel- where descriptions of characters moods and feelings can be used- they both demonstrate a variety of techniques to portray strong feelings of love.
Right from the beginning Shakespeare introduces the ideas of strong love using a prologue-this prologue is a sonnet in iambic pentameter. From the phrase ‘star crossed lovers’ Shakespeare is using the idea of fate so that the reader already knows that there will be strong love between two of the characters. It also indicates that the characters have no choice in who they will love as
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However, even though at this stage Elizabeth does not have any real feelings of love towards Darcy, Austen uses the device of the letter to turn the book around so that Elizabeth, after realising how ‘blind…prejudiced and absurd’ she has been, begins to realise her growing feelings for Mr Darcy.
From the moment Romeo and Juliet meet, mainly due to Shakespeare’s use of language, it is clear that there are very strong feelings between the two of them. Even though the room is filled with Capulet’s Romeo is very open about his feelings for her even though their love is forbidden. Shakespeare uses wit in Juliet’s replies to Romeo to create humour and give the indication that Juliet has feelings for Romeo already. Romeo calls Juliet a ‘holy shrine’ and makes references to ‘pilgrims’. Shakespeare’s use of religious language adds an element of pureness and honesty about their feelings of love for each other. However the majority of Romeo’s words are about Juliet’s looks and because of this it is possible that Romeo’s love for Juliet could be considered superficial. However their love for each other is portrayed in other ways well which solidifies their feelings for each other as the play progresses and proves that their love for each other is true and

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